Longboat Key, Florida

The Asolo Center for the Performing Arts is a superb regional theater, as well as a teaching conservatory providing film and theater training.

Sarasota's bayfront is the site of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall which showcases a variety of performing arts.

Horticulture buffs and anyone who delights in nature's miraculous wonders must visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This peaceful place specializes in exquisite orchids and colorful bromeliads.

Displays at the Mote Marine Aquarium are a means to explain the work of Mote scientists to visitors and to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the aquatic environment. The lab is world renowned for its scientific research, particularly research on sharks and the assessment of environmental pollutants. The Aquarium offers visitors an informative and close-up look at the sea life that inhabits nearby coastal waters.

St. Armands Circle alone is worth a trip to the area. Here more than 145 elite shops and boutiques carry quality merchandise from accessories by top designers to distinctive T-shirts. Several fine restaurants and fun ice cream parlors also line the Circle. Most shops close during the evening, but offer magnificent displays for window shoppers! Also in the evening, you can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around the Circle.

For the more active visitor, Sarasota has much to offer. Besides water sports, fishing, and tennis, Sarasota is home to many fine golf courses. A municipal baseball stadium is used for spring training by the Cincinnati Reds. Nearby, greyhounds race at the Sarasota Kennel Club from December through June. To hike, canoe, bike-ride or freshwater fish, travel to Myakka State Park, Florida's largest. So just kick back, relax and let your cares dissolve in Florida's number-one west coast paradise. Sarasota -- the relaxing side of Florida.


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